I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been getting guilted by my workplace to run errands for free.
To give some background: if I’m asked to bring say milk in, in the morning, I’ll consider my working hours to start when I enter the shop and turn up 10 minutes ‘late’ with the milk. I think that’s fair and my work has been okay with that.
On the other hand, on the days where I’m locking up my pay stops the second we are officially closed. But before that second I need to have computer on, printer on, phones on etc and there’s a lot of the shutting down process for the building I can’t start till these are all off. So I always end up doing unpaid overtime on the nights I close and I’ve shrugged it off because it’s not a ton of time, and I guess I’ve accepted it as just the way things are.
These are my usual experiences with ‘extra work’ demands. However I’ve noticed that I’m often being asked to run errands as I’m leaving the building on the days I don’t close - such as going to a post office or things that would take me out of my way. My work is expecting me to do this for free. We have to apply if we’re going to request overtime pay and it needs to be cleared with the manager. So if for some reason I did an extra hour one day - maybe if a staff member took ill - I wouldn’t get paid because I didn’t have advance clearance.
I’ve been saying no to these errands as Ive finished work. But other staff members are acting like I’m being really selfish. How can I handle these requests in a way that will diffuse aggro and/or how can I speak to staff/manager about not making these requests of me in the first place?
(I know this may seem like a small thing, but I have a very busy life, work 2 jobs, and I work harder than most if not all of the staff on my team when I’m in - a lot of them sit about and chat for prolonged periods of time. I feel that they should be running these errands since they’re still on the clock and getting paid.)